Exploring the Enactment of Spirituality at Workplace
Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar
Workplace spirituality is of interest to the organizational scientists since many years. But substantial research on workplace spirituality is conceptual in nature. Hence, theories developed through these conceptual papers can be misleading if they are not backed by empirical research. The aim of this research paper was to embark on a qualitative empirical research to explore how spirituality is enacted at workplace; how it can enhance the experience of employees; and what are the factors which foster workplace spirituality. The ontological stance is subjective and epistemological stanceis interpretivist. Data was collected though semi structured narrative interviews from 25 employees working in the head office of a not-for-profit organization. Finding shows that spirituality is enactedin the emerging themes of strong leadership, strong organizational culture, value driven nature of work and humanism. It contributes theoretically by empirically exploring factors like trust and respect, symbolic leadership and strong organizational culture as the constituents of workplace spirituality and methodologically by studying the subjective depth of workplace spirituality through narrative interviews which has also been the call of many researchers.
Keywords: Workplace spirituality, qualitative inquiry, not-for-profit organizations.